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The purpose of this page is to share links and tips related to writing - the craft of writing, the business of writing, and other topics of interest to writers and the writing process. If you're on a return visit, you'll find new links and interesting sites to visit. If this is your first visit, take a look around and let me know what you think.

LINKS updated as of June 25, 1999!

Wacky Writer's World is an award-winning website. Visit the awards page to see this month's latest awards. The first, from Diffusione Immagine Asti Italy for best quality, content, design, and easy access to information. Another, from Rest Stop Writer's Newsletter, is the Writer's Award for Web Excellence. Late breaking news - as of May 5, Wacky Writer's World was awarded "The Written Page Approved!" award.

THE WACKY WRITER Newsletter - Check the free newsletter for writers, Feature article is "Positive Rejection -- An Oxymoron?" An interview with Doris Booth, Editor-in-Chief of Authorlink! is also featured in this issue. The reader submission of the month is a humorous piece about rejection by Dolores von Philip. To read the newsletter, click below:

You can also check the November issue, which includes the article "How to Write a Query Letter", as well as a tips and other interesting tidbits.

Watch for the next issue of the newsletter, which will feature articles on writer's conferences, finding markets for your work, children's writing resources, and a submission from a subscriber, Shara Martin, titled "Cut it Out," which gives self-editing tips to do away with excess word clutter.

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QUOTE for this update:

"...no professional writer can afford only to write when he feels like it. If he waits till he is in the mood, till he has the inspiration as he says, he waits indefinitely and ends by producing little or nothing. The professional writer creates the mood. He has his inspiration, too, but he controls and subdues it to his bidding by setting himself regular hours of work. But in time writing becomes a habit, and like the old actor in retirement, who gets restless when the hour arrives at this he has been accustomed to go down to the theatre and make up for the evening performance, the writer itches to get to his pens and paper at the hours at which he has been used to write. Then he writes automatically."

--Somerset Maugham, from The Summing Up

WACKY WRITER'S WORLD BULLETIN BOARD - Click the image below to go to the new WACKY WRITER'S BULLETIN BOARD - This is a place for you to share your thoughts about writing with other writers, pose questions about writing, even share your work for critique. Tell me what you'd like to see in this bulletin board, and I'll be happy to try and make it happen.

Moon and Star Artwork copyright 1998 Amber J. Merritt


(Updated June 25, 1999)

NEW LINKS: (updated June 25)


John D McDonald: This month's featured author is John D. McDonald, creator of the fabulous private investigator, Travis McGee. A prolific author, McDonald wrote 78 novels in his lifetime, and created a most unique character in Travis McGee. If you've never read the series, consider spending part of this summer getting to know ole' Trav. Perfect summer reading, for vacation, on the airplane, or on the boat.

Experts.com: As you know by now, if you've visited before, I try to include at least one good resource for writers. Experts.com provides writers with a host of experts available for interview on a wide variety of topics. Take a look, maybe you'll find a match that will give you a quote for that article you're writing.

Mystic Seaport Boatbuilding class: Don't have time for a summer vacation? Take a look at an interesting opportunity for the fall and/or winter. Learn how to build a boat in this interesting class from Mystic Seaport. I find the concept intriguing, and think it would give a writer a new perspective and material. At some point in the not too distant future, I plan to go and take the family.

Amateur Poetry Journal: The Amateur Poetry Journal offers a great deal of useful information to poets. This site is jam-packed with resources and advice on writing and selling your poetry.

Forever Yours Musical Greeting Cards: This is a marvelous free greeting card web site that provides my latest favorite, the Lake Effect Card. If you don't know what a Lake Effect is, take a look at this site and experience the beauty of the java code created by David Griffith. These cards are wonderful for anyone who cannot get away to the calm and soothing waters. If you care to create your own Lake Effects, you can visit the Lake Applets 101 web site, and be making them on your own in a few short minutes.

Fourth of July: Visit this great site for the history of Independence Day in the United States, the meaning of the American Flag, and the Declaration of Independence.

How do your Muscles Work?: This unique site presents useful information for children and their parents on muscles, including illustrations. By the way, what IS the muscle with the longest name? Visit this site and find out.

Half Price Day-of-show Theater Tickets: Want to take the entire family to the theater, but can't afford to take out a loan this month? Consider these opportunities for half-price day of show tickets.

Paper Dolls: One of my fondest memories of childhood was making, cutting out, and acting out scenes with the paper dolls my mother fashioned for me. The United States Historical Society has designed an outstanding set of historical paper dolls. This would be an interesting site for anyone writing period pieces, parents who want to have fun AND educate their children, or adults who enjoy learning something new.

The Ultimate Collection of News Links: This comprehensive site offers an extensive collection of links to newspapers for countries from Angola to Yugoslavia. Learn about the world around you through the eyes of people who live there.

The Independent Reader: Recommended books from the Nation's leading independent book stores.


The first nine links (in italics) are to previous sites and collections of links presented at WACKY WRITER'S WORLD. The remaining links are to new sites.

LINKS YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY SEEN - I'm keeping them for reference purposes:



Wacky Writer's Links from 4/28/1999
Wacky Writer's Links from 3/17/1999
Wacky Writer's Links from 2/28/1999
Wacky Writer's Links from 1/10/1999
Wacky Writer's Links from 12/31/1998
Wacky Writer's Links from 12/17/1998
Wacky Writer's Links from 11/29/1998
Wacky Writer's Links from 11/06/1998

The ORIGINAL web page for WACKY WRITER'S WORLD: Includes the underlying philosophy for WACKY WRITER'S WORLD as well as links of interest.

Writer On Line: If you want a chuckle at the irony of writing and submitting work, only to be rejected and rejected again, read my "Hamlet's Soliloquy for Writers," featured in Writer On Line's "Web Lite" section. Let me know what you think! If you like it, let the editor, Terry Boothman, know! End of Shameless Plug.

Roland Baric's Bookroom: Roland Baric, a Croatian writer and webmaster, has started a site for writers and other creative people. Roland needs writers to submit poetry, letters, essays, or stories to post at his site. Visit his charming pages and drop him a line. Tell him Jo sent you. Be sure and check out Thea's latest poetry submission.

Computer Bits Magazine: My article, "Computer Man" appears in the May issue of Computer Bits Magazine print and electronic version. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.

I am also member of a number of webrings for writers and some of general interest. Because there are so many, I set up a page for Webrings only. Click here to visit the webring page.

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